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Bryan Thompson Friday, July 1st, 2011

Many Kansans would probably be hard pressed to explain the difference between Medicaid and Medicare. Congress created both programs in 1965 at the urging of President Lyndon Johnson. But they serve very different purposes. Everyone qualifies for Medicare at age 65. But eligibility for Medicaid – the health care program for the poor and disabled – differs from state to state. And as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, an effort is underway in Kansas to transform Medicaid and reduce its cost. For updates on the effort to overhaul the Medicaid program, go to the KHI News Service website...

Bryan Thompson Friday, July 1st, 2011

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI (NAH-me), is seeking volunteers to help expand supported employment in Kansas for those with mental illness. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, fewer than half of the 27 community mental health centers in Kansas are currently operating supported employment programs. Family members interested in helping promote supported employment can contact the NAMI-Kansas office in Topeka.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

A celebratory cake was waiting for U-S Senator Jerry Moran when he stepped into the boardroom of Topeka’s Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center yesterday (MON) . That’s because with the stop, Moran achieved the distinction of having visited all of the state’s hospitals since being elected to Congress. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the celebration quickly turned into a nuts-and-bolts conversation about the nation’s new health reform law.

Bryan Thompson Monday, June 27th, 2011

About one in four adults has a mental health condition…and in places like Johnson County, Kansas, community mental health centers provide important support to such individuals. But lately, the centers have been trying to do more with less: a growing number of people are turning to them for care; fewer dollars are coming in to pay for it. KCUR’s Elana [AH-LAH-NAH] Gordon has more on how the region is dealing with the strain.

Bryan Thompson Monday, June 27th, 2011

Heavy thunderstorms dumped more rain in the Missouri River Basin Sunday night. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, that’s likely to compound the already serious flooding along the Missouri. Bryan will have more about the Vulnerable Needs Registry later this morning. (approx. 6:35 and 8:35 on KPR)

Bryan Thompson Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

More than 400 people showed up yesterday (WED) in Topeka for a public forum on reforming the state’s Medicaid program. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the meeting was called by officials of Governor Sam Brownback’s administration who say the massive program is growing at an unsustainable rate.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The first of three public forums on how to rein in Medicaid costs is scheduled for this (WED) afternoon in Topeka. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, state officials are seeking to make big changes in the health insurance program for low-income and disabled Kansans.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The family of a 1940 K-U pharmacy grad who went on to head one of the nation’s top pharmaceutical firms has given 1.2-million dollars to the K-U Endowment for the School of Pharmacy. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the money will help meet a critical need, especially in rural Kansas.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

An investigation by the Kansas City Star calls into question whether the Kansas Department of Health and Environment acted impartially in issuing a permit for expansion of a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

Bryan Thompson Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

With the prospect of several weeks of flooding along the Missouri River, many people may be tempted to wade into the water in areas where they think they know the underlying terrain. The advice from the Kansas Secretary of Health and Environment Robert Moser (MOH-zher): Don’t do it! More from Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson.

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